Olivia Benson Will Return

Law & Order: SVU #07015 "Manipulated" 12-16-2005Director: Matt Earl Beesley DP: Geoffrey ErbScene 41 (Int) Interrogation Room (behind the scene)"Stabler & Benson interrogate Tessa"Chris Meloni (Stabler)Mariska Hargitay (Benson)Rebecca De Mornay (Tessa)Betty Buckley (Attorney Walsh)photo credit: Will Hart / NBC Universal Photo: Mario Anzuoni/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

Thanks to a new deal with Universal Television, our favorite lady detective will be back when Law & Order: SVU returns in the fall. "Happy weekend. It's official. Season 15--I'LL BE BACK!" Mariska Hargitay tweeted yesterday. The Hollywood Reporter reminds us that SVU is not "the juggernaut it once was," though it remains a "consistent performer" in its Wednesday night time slot. After all, there will always be a few million people who want to just stay in and hope for one of those ripped-from-the-headlines episodes.